Tempests of Fiction and Fact

A WebQuest Designed for 4th Grade

This covers the State of Virginia?s: English/Writing SOL 4.3, 4.4, 4.5, 4.7, 4.8, 4.9, History and Social Science SOL 4.2, 4.7, Science 4.6, Computers/Technology (By End of Grade Five) SOL 5.2, 5.3, 5.4.


Designed by

Karen Krull


Introduction / Task / Process / Evaluation / Conclusion


Thou hast done well, fine pupil, and I would be remiss,

If I forgot to guide you through this tempestuous WebQuest.

If you can accomplish my every demand,

You may become King or Queen of "Internet Land."

Prospero, a sorcerer who was an exiled king,

Conjured up storms and winds that would sing.

Tho' these tempests wrought through Shakespeare's hand,

Were shipwrecks in fiction, with truth no less grand.

When the sinking of vessels caused by frightening storms,

Icebergs and lightning washed men overboard.

Now, batten down the hatches as we depart,

On an Internet journey to uncover the start,

And the causes of shipwrecks both famous and true,

Whose remains lay still in the deep oceans blue.

For, "we are such stuff as dreams are made on,"

Where that which is real makes for good fiction.

The Task is the next step, or

choose one of the following:

Task / Process / Evaluation / Conclusion

This Page last updated on Saturday, December 04, 1999

Adapted for offline use. For the original WebQuest go to: